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American supermodel, 24, wears stunning ivory sari as she marries the eldest son of the Aga Khan in fairytale wedding

- Kendra Spears and Prince Rahim announced their engagement in April - Married in traditional Muslim ceremony at Bellerive Castle in Geneva American supermodel Kendra Spears became a princess yesterday…

POLICY CHANGE : Swiss refuge proposed for Syrians

September 1, 2013 – 14:19 As the conflict in Syria worsens, Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga wants Switzerland to take in a limited number of those fleeing the fighting, and…

Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official

By Shaun Waterman -The Washington Times Monday, May 6, 2013 Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a…

SYRIA ATTACKS? ‘Illegal’ strikes ‘not about regime change’

by Simon Bradley, swissinfo.ch August 28, 2013 – 17:50 The United States, Britain and its allies are gearing up for a probable military strike against Syria that could come within…

ZURICH INSURANCE CFO of Swiss insurer killed himself: police

August 27, 2013 – 19:13 Zurich Insurance chief financial officer Pierre Wauthier, who was found dead at his home on Monday, probably committed suicide, according to the local police in…

HUMAN SECURITY: Taking peace-building to the people

by Clare O’Dea, swissinfo.ch August 26, 2013 – 18:00 Human security, summed up as ‘freedom from want and fear’, is the current buzzword of international peace-building and humanitarian work. Two…

Leaving Egypt behind …

August 24, 2013 Egypt faces fresh uncertainty after more protests and a violent crackdown. Tourism has been decimated by political turmoil. Daniela Suter and her Egyptian husband Nasser Amin Gadawy…

SYRIAN ATTACK: ‘Chemical analysis won’t tell you who released the agent’

by Scott Capper, swissinfo.ch August 23, 2013 – 16:13 An alleged chemical bombing outside the Syrian capital Damascus, with potentially hundreds of civilian victims, has left the international community horrified.…

MIGRATION ETHICS ʻNothing justifies banning asylum seekers from poolsʼ

by Peter Siegenthaler, swissinfo.ch August 21, 2013 – 11:00 A Swiss commune’s decision to ban refugees from using an outdoor swimming pool has created a stir. The authority’s interference with…

GOODBYE UNCLE SAM : Rise in US passport renunciations

August 17, 2013 – 10:14 Record numbers of United States expatriates, including those resident in Switzerland, are turning their backs on their home country as the side-effects of aggressive anti-tax…

VEIL INITIATIVE : Ticino to vote on burka ban

by Gerhard Lob in Bellinzona, swissinfo.ch August 12, 2013 – 11:00 On September 22, Ticino will become the first Swiss canton to hold a referendum on banning face-covering headgear in…

DESERT STORM : Desert solar energy plan at strategy crossroads

by Matthew Allen, swissinfo.ch August 9, 2013 – 11:00 An ambitious multinational project to tap into the solar energy potential of North African and Middle Eastern deserts is facing a…

Asylum centre spat : Minister urges common sense in asylum policy

by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch August 9, 2013 – 18:05 Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga has dismissed accusations by human rights groups of discriminatory restrictions against asylum seekers. Rules declaring certain…

Oprah Winfrey says racist retailer denied her look at $40K bag

Racism is alive and well, said media mogul Oprah Winfrey in an interview this week on Entertainment Tonight. And as proof, she recounted her own recent Zurich, Switzerland, shopping shame…

Switzerland: Permanently Provisional: Foreigners stuck in an asylum limbo

by Stefania Summermatter, swissinfo.ch August 8, 2013 – 11:00 Over the last ten years, Switzerland has given more than 43,000 asylum seekers the provisional right to remain. But many cannot…

War and revolution stimulate creative minds

August 03, 2013 Childhood memories of wartime Lebanon and street scenes from revolutionary Cairo: Lena Merhej and Mohamed Shennawy embody a trend in contemporary Arab graphic novels that draws its…

IMAM TRAINING: Aspiring imams urged to follow Swiss traditions

by Christian Raaflaub, swissinfo.ch July 31, 2013 – A few months ago it was announced that Swiss universities would start training imams. Antonio Loprieno, leader of a working group on…

‘Willpower’ needed for long summer days

July 31, 2013 Swissinfo.ch Ramadan, the ritual Muslim fasting, is taking place. The challenge for those who are celebrating it in Europe are the longer days in which they have…